Written by Richard Hendler Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00
In their final game of the season, the Great Neck Jaguars prevailed against Rockville Centre on its home field, winning by two goals. In November, the Jaguars enjoyed a dominating victory of 4-1 over Manhasset at Plainview’s Soccer Park. In both games, the Jaguars’ offense was outstanding, maintaining a fluid rhythm between the midfielders and forwards, while the defense remained solid and almost impenetrable.
For nearly the entire first half in the game against Manhasset, the girls happily played under constant rain showers. By the end of the game, they were all completely drenched, but their smiles at the end radiated their dedication and love for the game. By winning their last game of the season, the Jaguars succeeded in securing second place within their division, and will move up at least one division spot next year.
Besides their impressive final record of 6-2-1, what is really wonderful is how much these 15 fifth-grade girls enjoy soccer and the friendships they have developed in the process. It is truly wonderful watching them grow individually and as a team and watching the outstanding level of sportsmanship they bring to the field each and every time they play.
The players and their parents give a lot of credit and thanks to trainer Leigh, for both his enthusiasm and understanding to bring out the best in the girls. Kudos also go out to parent managers, Michael Lamoretti, Rob Raphael, and Beth Bergman, and also to the Great Neck Travel Club’s officers, Keri Baron and Eric Alper. Go Great Neck Jaguars!